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Backed by the Marcus Shelby Quintet, vocalist Tiffany Austin opens before Grammy-winning jazz artist Gregory Porter takes the stage in an evening that will embrace the ranging styles and influences of each artist, from Porter’s gospel-infused baritone voice to Austin’s blues and jazz movement to Shelby’s exploration of history through music.
Two-time Grammy winner Gregory Porter found his voice both by singing in church and by studying her Nat King Cole records at home. His sixth studio album, All Rise, marks a return to Porter’s beloved original songwriting—heart-on-sleeve lyrics imbued with everyday philosophy and real-life detail, set to a stirring mix of jazz, soul, blues, and gospel.
Marcus Shelby is a composer, bassist, bandleader, and educator who currently lives in San Francisco, California. His work focuses on the history, present, and future of African American lives, social movements, and music education.
Tiffany Austin is an LA native who spent five years in Japan as a singer before moving to the East Bay in 2009 to study at the UC Berkeley School of Law. During her studies, the pull of music was too strong to ignore, and she earned a full scholarship to the California Jazz Conservatory where she worked extensively with renowned Brazilian pianist Marcos Silva. Austin’s refreshing approach to the jazz tradition blends elements of R&B, hip-hop, and the blues in equal measure, creating a fresh and invigorating hybrid that stirs the soul and moves the body.
Generously supported by the Koret Foundation.